GOTH.NET Submission Guidelines
When submitting works to GOTH.NET we require you to do a few things:
- Contact us from a valid email address so we can contact you if need be. If you do not do this, we will not publish your piece.
- Please submit a Bio with some information about yourself to accompany your piece, a website address (if you have one), that kind of thing. Bio's can be made using the nickname if you prefer.
- Submit works with your own (real) name (first AND last) or else we cannot ascribe your copyright. If you do not wish your entire name to be used, we can use initials.
If you do not agree with the guidelines set out on this page, please do not submit your work. If your work does not meet the guidelines we will reject it as we do not have the time to chase up on everyone to fill out all the requirements. When submitting it we assume you have read, and agree with, all our guidelines and we will not accept complaints down the line. If you have questions about the guidelines contact the Webmistress.
Acceptance of work is up to the sole discretion of GOTH.NET.
- No crappy ballpoint or pencil doodles that you did in your lined school notepad, that is NOT art. If you think that is art, please post it on your own website, but do not submit it here.
- Please submit art in .jpg .gif or .png format file. NO .bmp files as they are unnecessarily large and proprietary. Submissions of .bmp files will be deleted. You may also send us a url with the location of your art if you prefer.
- Try and keep the size of your files under 200kb, this shouldn't be a problem with .gif .jpg or .png files. If you have lots of images you wish to submit, consider splitting them into smaller groups and/or zipping the files so that we do not find a 3MB file in our email inbox (yes, this has happened).
- Obviously, in the case of art for the Video / Motion section you do not have to send it in the above mentioned file formats or adhere to the maximum file size of 200kb. Please email the Webmistress before sending any large files. We will judge acceptability of the file size of Video / Motion art pieces on a case by case basis.
Submit your artwork here.
In an attempt to decrease the problems we've been having with some submissions, we ask that you carefully read all the requirements and adhere to them.
- Be sure you've read over the general requirements above and followed them to the letter. Submissions will be immediately rejected if general requirements are not met.
- Please submit your work either in a text file (.txt) attached to an email, or in the body of the email. Other attachment formats will be deleted.
- No aLtErNaTiNg LeTtErS please and no "cuz, wuz, duz, r, u, 2, what4" types of "words". Use the English language like it's supposed to be used. The editor will not even read the piece if you have these "words" in it.
- Please do at least a basic spelling and grammar check of your own work. If a piece contains too many typos or bad grammar, it will be rejected.
- We reserve the right to change spelling and other mistakes in your piece.
- Please give your work a title. It's so much nicer than listing "Untitled Poem 1" etc.
- The editor expects your submission to demonstrate literate, intelligent, creative, and original thought. Keep that in mind before submitting an angst poem dedicated to the girl who didn't want to go out for coffee with you, or a short story about how much your school sucks.
- Please refrain from treading over clichéd and tired themes. Avoid poetry about vampires, fallen/dark angels, overuse of the words death, soul, black, darkness, torment, tears, etc. Please avoid gushing angst. It's painful, and no one enjoys reading it.
- To quote S. T. Coleridge, poetry is "all the right words in the right order." If you're submitting poetry, learn about basic forms of poetry. Just because you smear words on a page doesn't mean you're e.e. cummings or John Keats. Writing a bunch of drivel and calling it 'modern' is not poetry. Writing something that rhymes at the end of each line, is also not poetry. You have to learn the rules and follow the rules before you can break the rules. Learn about rhythm. Learn about meter. Learn about poetic form. Then come back to GOTH.NET with better work.
- If you are submitting prose, please try to keep short stories in the vicinity of 5000 words or less, and make sure it has a plot. Sending in drivel that would belong in a diary is not prose. Prose is about choosing the right words to express all the right things to make a statement. Prose is not about free writing a page long, plotless paragraph. Also, try to avoid lengthy description that amounts to nothing. You're not being creative, you're being boring.
- If any of the above sounds silly, and that you can't imagine anyone in their right mind submitting anything as awful as the examples above, remember that we aren't making this up. We see submissions like this go to the 'reject' pile every day. Which brings me to my next point: The editor reserves the right to laugh at your work if it is really, really bad. So before you submit it to the editor, try having a friend read over it first and give you honest feedback.
Submit your written work here.